TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Tyler County deputies arrested a 23-year-old man Monday in connection to allegations that he stabbed and killed his 20-year-old sister and fled the scene. The woman's body was found under her wood-frame home.
Ronnie Moore is still being held in the Tyler County jail on a first-degree murder charge. His bail amount has been set at $1 million.
According to a press release from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office, TCSO deputies responded to a home at County Road 4005 about a mile east of Woodville at about 2:45 p.m. Monday in response to a 911 call stating that a woman had been killed.
At the scene, deputies found blood throughout the home and noticed that some kind of struggle had occurred. Family members told the TCSO deputies that they couldn't find Jessica Berry. They also said that when they confronted Moore, he admitted to killing his sister, the press release stated.
In addition, the family members told the deputies that Moore fled the area in a gold 1997 Jeep. At that point, the Tyler County Sheriff's Office issued a statewide alert to all law enforcement agencies in an effort to locate the vehicle and Moore.
Deputies began searching for mother, and other deputies worked to preserve evidence and process the crime scene.
Investigators collected evidence at the scene that included a bloody knife. A short time later, TCSO deputies found Berry's body under her wood-frame home. It appeared as though she had died as a result of stab wounds.
Justice of the Peace Milton Powers pronounced Berry dead at the scene.
At about 6 p.m. Monday, Powers issued a murder arrest warrant for Moore. Then about two and a half hours later, TCSO deputies found Moore's gold Jeep abandoned on U.S Highway 69 about five miles south of Woodville.
At about 9 p.m. deputies found a man matching Moore's description walking south on Highway 69 about a mile south of Warren.
Moore was arrested without incident and taken to the Tyler County Jail.